Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
(Barry’s score 3 1/2 stars out of 5)
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Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy’s biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world. . . .
RACHEL CAINE’s vampires aren’t child’s play, as a naïve teen discovers when her heart leads her far, far astray in “The Cold Girl.” With “Parlor Tricks,” JENNIFER ESTEP pits Gin Blanco, the Elemental Assassin, against the Wheel of Death and some dangerously creepy clowns. SEANAN McGUIRE narrates a poignant, ethereal tale of a mysterious carnival that returns to a dangerous town after twenty years in “Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea.” KEVIN HEARNE’s Iron Druid and his wisecracking Irish wolfhound discover in “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street” that the impossibly wholesome sounding Kansas Wheat Festival is actually not a healthy place to hang out. With an eerie, unpredictable twist, ROB THURMAN reveals the fate of a psychopath stalking two young carnies in “Painted Love.”
Anthologies are a great way to sample authors. In this case, we have an excellent selection of “Urban Fantasy” authors and tales with a carnie twist. As you might expect with any anthology, some stories are hits and others are misses. For the most part, I enjoyed the collection.
I liked “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street,” “Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea,” “Freak House,” and “The Werewife.” Most of the stories fall into the average category, but still enjoyable.
All in all, I enjoyed the dark fantasy with a carnie-twist. Sadly, there weren’t enough stories that I absolutely loved. I give the anthology of short stories 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Gallery Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”